The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges

The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges

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By (author) Ann Budd

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  • Publisher: Interweave Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 201mm x 267mm x 25mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 21 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Loveland, CO
  • ISBN 10: 1596684836
  • ISBN 13: 9781596684836
  • Illustrations note: 200 colour
  • Sales rank: 15,784

Product description

Discover top-down knitting from the ground up! Fiber and yarn enthusiasts will celebrate Ann Budd's latest addition to The Knitter's Handy Book series. Answering to a growing interest in knitting sweaters from the top down and knitting seamless sweaters that require little finishing, this handy book offers instructions for knitting four basic sweater types: circular yoke, raglan, set-in sleeve, and saddle shoulder. Patterns are offered in multiple sizes and yarn gauges and for a broad age group. Following the basics for each of the four sweater types are three diverse patterns from top designers that illustrate some of the many ways that instructions can be used as springboards for creative expression, including color, texture, and shaping variations. Also included for intermediate to advanced knitters are personal design touches, detailed charts, clear instruction, and quick tips to expand knitting possibilities and maintain creative originality. A key reference for knitters of all skill levels, this is the new essential knitting resource on your bookshelf.

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Author information

Ann Budd is the best-selling author of The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. She is also the author of Getting Started Knitting Socks, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and Simple Style, and coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style. She is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Praise for Ann Budd's previous title, "Sock Knitting Master Class" ..".the patterns! Beautiful, yet functional stitch designs and fun colors. This is a complete book." - "CraftGossip.com" "Some features I particularly like in the book: each pattern has a box listing the different techniques used in the pattern; An overview of different styles of creating parts of the sock, such as a few different heel types, toes, and cuff treatments; both top-down and toe-up construction techniques; a handy DVD in the back. If you are looking for some great new sock patterns or just looking to get started knitting socks, this book is sure to have what you need." - "A Woolie Tale yarn shop" "You think you already know everything there is to know about socks? After all, there are a multitude of sock books on the market these days, perfectly good books. You know everything. Except...do you really? Most (though not all) sock books I own are either filled with patterns with not a whole lot of time spent on technique, or they're full of guidance but with blah patterns. Of course, some do hit the balance between pattern and technique. Some are fairly exhaustive, in fact, and you may already have them on your shelves. But...they're not THIS book. First, this book is by Ann Budd, a genius in our time..."Master Class" is the right name!" - "KnittingScholar.com" "It's not often that I scoop a book from the top of the review pile and take it home with me, and it's even less common for me to sit down and read it right away. But with sock knitting on my mind, I was intrigued, so last night I sat down to peruse this over a cup of tea. I was absolutely delighted to see that the first chapter of the book is devoted to explaining the whys and wherefores of sock construction. Top-down or toe-up? She's got it covered. Heel flap, short row or afterthought heel? Ditto. Want to choose from a pointed toe, a spiral or star toe, or a toe band? She's got your back with that, too.

Table of contents

Introduction: Take It from the Top Seamless Yoke Sweaters Child Sizes Adult Sizes Projects Feather and Fan Flare Fibonacci Rings "Quince-Essential" Fair Isle by guest designer Pam Allen Raglan Sweaters Child Sizes Adult Sizes Projects Weekday Raglan A Twisted Little Raglan India Print Henley by guest designer Anne Hanson Modified Drop-Shoulder Sweaters Child Sizes Adult Sizes Projects Unisex Zip Weekend Retreat Basket Case Cardigan by guest designer Kristen TenDyke Set-in Sleeve Sweaters Child Sizes Adult Sizes Projects Golden Ribs and Welts Brioche Basic Alpine Tweed by guest designer Jared Flood Saddle-Shoulder Sweaters Child Sizes Adult Sizes Projects Cable Love Henley Retro Peplum Zigs & Zags by guest designer Veronik Avery Glossary Sources for Yarns Bibliography